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Features: Branksdowne Junction, 'N', 2000s

Published 24 September 2019, 14:30

Branksdowne Junction is a British ‘N’ scale layout depicting a fictitious location in North West England in the modern era.

The layout has been constructed as a first foray into ‘N’ gauge by father and son team Steve and Matt Knight. It took two years to complete.

Branksdowne Junction is the point at which two separate tunnel bores under the rolling Pennines come together, providing an electrified pair of fast lines and a bi-directional freight line. In addition, a small EWS depot can be seen housing a variety of DB Schenker, EWS and Network Rail locomotives.

The layout features a very high level of modern image detail and portrays freight operations using appropriate rolling stock and locomotives. This includes intermodal, spine, Megafret and flat Freightliner operations. Block trains are interspersed with a frequent service of EMU local trains and Voyager or HST Cross Country services. Occasional heritage traction charter trains can also be run, with prototypically correct locomotives andcoach rakes. The layout is wired with multiple-aspect colour light signalling, including working route indicator heads. Additionally, the mainline and freight line are wired for Overhead
Line Equipment working. Street lights, buildings, vehicles and platform lights are all illuminated too. There is a small airfield on one tunnel and a village near the station.

Branksdowne Junction will feature in a future issue of Hornby Magazine.

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